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  • Guide on calm down time
  • 12 August 2022 | Incredible Years continues to thrive ~ New Announcement from Carolyn Webster-Stratton
  • March 2022 | MOE's response to COVID-19


Guide on calm down time

The IY Parent Mentors and Whāraurau are pleased to provide the ‘Incredible Years® Parent Group Leaders Guide on Calm Down Time’.

This document has been put together by the New Zealand IYP mentors in collaboration with Carolyn Webster Stratton and in consultation with the Ministry of Education. It is a guide to support group leaders deliver this topic with fidelity and to maximise results for whanau when delivering Incredible Years® Parent.

There will be a presentation on the guidelines at the upcoming forum in June 2023 and further events post the forum to ensure there are sufficient opportunities to engage with and understand the guidelines as they relate to your practice. 

Download the guidelines >

Incredible Years continues to thrive ~ New Announcement from Carolyn Webster-Stratton | 12 August 2022

I am pleased to be emailing you with news that The Incredible Years Inc., has been acquired by Empower Community Care (Empower), the parent company of other leading companies working to bring evidence-based practices into the mainstream of services for communities, children and families. I will continue my role as Founder and IY Program and Clinical Developer, focusing primarily on updating programs and training new trainers, mentors and coaches, assuring fidelity program delivery and consulting with researchers in regard to IY program evaluations and giving presentations. I will report to Keller Strother at Empower going forward but Incredible Years will continue to operate independently as one of the evidence-based programs under the umbrella of Empower.

My first randomized control group trial study of the videotape modeling parent program was published in 1980.  Subsequently, I completed 14 randomized RCTs with my research team at the University of Washington over a 30 year span. Then along with the support and collaboration with international  researchers and clinical teams, together, we have established Incredible Years Inc. as a leader in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices for parents, teachers and children. Incredible Years has become known for innovative work in its training methods and processes for parent and teacher training in order to promote children’s social, emotional, language and school readiness skills and for reducing behavior problems.  My continued goal is for Incredible Years Inc. to reach a wider audience with our evidence-based programs, in particular, with more vulnerable populations.

Empower Community Care (Empower), is the parent company of other leading organizations working to bring evidence-based practices into the mainstream of services for communities, children and families. The other organizations operating independently under the Empower umbrella are the Carey Group, Carey Publishing, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®) and Orbis Partners. I believe that joining forces with Empower is a natural fit with our shared values, our focus on quality and outcomes, and the strong commitment to reach vulnerable populations with the best possible resources.  
While Incredible Years and the other Empower organizations under its umbrella will continue to operate independently, we intend to build on the strong reputations established by each organization and to join forces to strengthen the underlying missions of Incredible Years Inc. and Empower.  
Our staff and collaborators will remain with Incredible Years Inc. and are dedicated to continuing the work we do with your organizations. We are also terribly excited to announce that Kimberlee Shoecraft, who many of you in the IY community know well, will be joining Incredible Years as our Clinical Director in October. We also plan to add more staff as we move forward.  

Thank you for your confidence and sustained commitment to delivering Incredible Years programs with fidelity over the years and for your efforts to build your own supportive infrastructure for IY group leaders within your organizations. I am excited about the opportunity that joining with Empower offers for expanding the reach of IY programs, to support you more fully and for the sustainability of IY into the future.


MOE's response to COVID-19 | March 2022

As we continue to respond to COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, the Incredible Years programme developer, Dr.Webster-Stratton, and New Zealand Incredible Years mentors have worked together to develop the following guidance for group leaders to support ongoing implementation under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Incredible Years guidance

Incredible Years

Useful links

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Queries? Where to go for what?

Resources for Parent Group Leaders

These include:

  • Preschool Basic Programme Resources
  • Helping Pre-school Children with Autism Programme Resources
  • Hot Tips for Parent Group Leaders
  • Forms & Extras for Parent Group Leaders

Resources for Group Leaders Working Remotely

These include:

  • Resources for families during COVID
  • Resources and videos for teachers working remotely with pre-schoolers
  • Implementing online tele-sessions the Incredible Years way
  • Editable handouts and evaluations for group leaders offering teacher programme remotely
  • Teacher programme editable buzz forms, record sheets, and behaviour plans
  • Teacher autism programme editable forms and record sheets

Certification/Accreditation for Pre-school Basic Parent Programme

“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”

These resources include:

  • Basic Parenting Accreditation Steps and Application
  • Accreditation fee
  • Full description of the Basic accreditation process
  • Hot Tips for parent group leaders